Alumni Updates

Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife , 1985
Submitted: February 14, 2018
Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife, 1985, recently retired from the Idaho Fish & Game after 32 years. The education, experiences, and guidance that he received at HSU made this fulfilling career possible.  As a Conservation Officer, he patrolled vast wildernesses on horseback, boated rivers, chased poachers, taught kids to camp, hunt & fish, trapped deer, surveyed big game and sage grouse, electroshocked fish, flew game counts, and dealt with lions and bears in town.  It was an adventure. In 2004 promoted to District CO and worked from the Owyhee canyonlands to the Sawtooth Wilderness with an amazing group of officers. He recruited at HSU for 13 years to bring the best to Idaho. He is married (Shannon), together we have 5 children.
Lawrence (Larry) Flammer, Biological Sciences Zoology, 1956 and Teaching Credential
Submitted: February 1, 2018
Lawrence (Larry) Flammer, Biological Sciences and Teaching Credential, 1956, taught high school biology at Del Mar. He was largely responsible for the creation and administration of the website of the Evolution and Nature of Science Institutes, which were founded (with NCSE’s encouragement) “to improve the teaching of evolution in high school biology courses by encouraging teachers to teach evolutionary thinking in the context of a more complete understanding of modern scientific thinking,” according to the “National Center for Science Education”:https://ncse.com/news/2017/12/larry-flammer-dies-0018673. He passed away at the age 83 on December 13, 2018. 
James A Seward, Oceanography , 2016
Submitted: January 26, 2018
James A Seward, Oceanography, 2016, was an environmental services intern for California Coastal Conservancy from July 2017 to January 2018. He is currently a technician with the Central & Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS).
Shad Scalvini, Wildlife , 2003
Submitted: January 10, 2018
Shad Scalvini, Wildlife, 2003, previously worked for Green Diamond Timber and several consultants as a wildlife technician. Scalvini currently works as the lead Wildlife Biologist for Mendocino Redwood company (MRC) since 2012 and is in charge of the Northern Spotted owl program. Scalvini has also started a mutual program with the wildlife 311 techniques class where they hold their field trip on MRC property at Rockport Beach. We have conducted small mammal trapping, songbird, bat, & small owl mist-netting, track-plates, telemetry, herpetology surveys, etc. The last one that was held this fall, we saw an otter family, peregrine falcons, Barred owls, numerous songbirds, & 6 bat species amongst many other wildlife species.
Megan Jones Patterson, Wildlife , 2006
Submitted: December 11, 2017
Megan Jones Patterson, Wildlife, 2006, recently completed her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in Emily DuVal’s lab at Florida State University.  Her research focused on the costs and benefits of male cooperative display behavior in White-ruffed Manakins—a small bird living in mid-elevations in Central America.  She continues her work as a staff scientist and science educator with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).
Ruben Isaí Madriz Villanueva, PhD, Biological Sciences , 2007
Submitted: December 7, 2017
After graduating from Humboldt State in 2007 (B.S. in Biology & Zoology), R. Isaí Madriz, Biological Sciences, 2007, embarked on a two-year-long bicycle trip through the Americas during which he rode from Chicago to the southern tip of South America, volunteering along the way at wildlife rehabilitation centers and parks. He then attended UNAM in Mexico City and received a master’s degree in Electronmicroscopy. In 2011 he married HSU alum, Kristina Lindsay (2006, Women’s Studies) and they moved from California to Iowa where he earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from Iowa State. He and Kristina are currently living in Patagonia, Chile where he is a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow focused on rare insects.
Benjamin J. Crain, Biological Sciences , 2008
Submitted: November 8, 2017
Benjamin Crain, Biological Sciences, 2008, recently took a position as an Ecologist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the North American Center for Orchid Conservation. With a diverse group of collaborators, he conducts research in the Republic of Palau where they study the diversity and distribution of orchids, monitors their dynamics in the Ngardok Nature Reserve, and studies the fundamental ecology of orchids by looking at their relationship with mycorrhizal fungi. The team’s goals are to improve knowledge and increase awareness of orchid diversity in Palau, understand the ecology of these plants, and develop strategic plans for conservation and restoration of orchid species and their habitats.
Todd M. Thompson, Environmental Resources Engineering , 1992
Submitted: October 18, 2017
Todd M. Thompson, Environmental Resources Engineering, 1992, is an experienced Senior Water Resources Engineer with the Department of Water Resources. He’s currently, the DWR lead for validated water loss audit reporting.
Tai-Aqua Morgan-Marbet, Environmental Resources Engineering Economics, 2010
Submitted: September 27, 2017
Tai-Aqua Morgan-Marbet, Environmental Resources Engineering, 2010, started in 2012 working for Lincoln and Long Engineering in Grass Valley, CA. She still works for them here and there as they need help. She then worked for AM Baird Engineering and Surveying in Fortuna, CA from 2013 to 2014. She worked for LACO Associates in Eureka, CA from 2014 to 2016. Finally, she is currently working for Kolstad Land Surveying and has started her own firm, Lost Coast Engineering, with two other engineers (an HSU graduate and a UC Berkeley graduate).
Craig Chase, Fisheries Biology Masters in Computer Information Systems - University of Denver, 1977
Submitted: September 6, 2017
Craig Chase, Fisheries Biology, 1977, retired from Lockheed Martin Space Systems in 2015.
Elizabeth J. Hilker, Journalism , 1991
Submitted: September 5, 2017
Elizabeth J. Hilker, Journalism, 1991, has a daughter who started as a freshman majoring in Geology in August 2017 at HSU!
Matthew K Pearson, Environmental Resources Engineering , 1994/5
Submitted: August 2, 2017
Matthew K Pearson, 1994 Environmental Resources Engineering, is cofounder of DeeditForward, a smartphone app to inspire good deed exchanges between community members and revolutionize fundraising.  An app “helping people help others.”
Clark Alexander, Oceanography Geology, 1983
Submitted: August 1, 2017
Clark Alexander, 1983 Oceanography, was recently appointed Director of the University of Georgia (UGA) Skidaway Institute of Oceanography located in Savannah, GA.  He also holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at UGA.
Daniel Menten, Fisheries Biology , 2006
Submitted: April 13, 2017
Daniel Menten, 2006 Fisheries BIology, is an author and fisheries scientist. Menten recently published “The New School Guide to Northern California Whitewater,” which documents 135 river descriptions covering the Klamath Mountains Geologic Province.
Sanford Wilbur, Wildlife , 1963
Submitted: April 3, 2017
Sanford “Sandy” Wilbur, 1963 Wildlife, has just completed his newest book, Government Biologist, detailing his HSU years (1957-1963) in wildlife, journalism, and drama, and his 34-year career with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A free PDF of the book can be obtained by contacting Sandy at symbios@condortales.com.
Daniel DeArmond, Other- Forestry, 2004
Submitted: March 28, 2017
Daniel DeArmond, 2004 Forestry, worked in the timber industry in California for 10 years, and during that time became a registered professional forester (RPF No. 2855). Now DeArmond is living in Manaus, Brazil with my family, and is halfway through a graduate program at the National Institute of Amazonian Research in Manaus, Brazil. DeArmond hopes to graduate with a Master of Science in tropical forestry in 2018.
Damien Adams, Mathematics , 2010
Submitted: March 3, 2017
Damien Adams, 2010 Mathematics, earned a master’s degree in Mathematics from San Jose State University and acquired a full-time teaching position at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Calif. Adams has also started a podcast, Women in Math: The Limit Does Not Exist promoting women in mathematics, and founded the college’s Math Club.
Brett A. Budick, Geology , 1976
Submitted: February 17, 2017
Brett A. Budick, 1976 Geology, was appointed to the position of Chief Deputy State Coordinator of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in December, 2016 by Governor Terry McAuliffe. As the number two in the agency and a 26-year Virginia state employee, Budick is responsible for all disaster response and recovery activities throughout the Commonwealth, radiological emergency preparedness at nuclear power plants and with the nuclear Navy, and Virginia’s Homeland Security initiatives. He stays active in academia as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and remains active in sports with USA Rugby and World Rugby in their Coach Development Programs.
Braden Pitcher, Forestry & Wildland Resources Rangeland Resource Science, 2013
Submitted: February 10, 2017
Braden Pitcher, 2013 Forestry & Wildland Resources, finally landed a full-time, permanent career position with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist after three years of bouncing across the West between seasonal technician jobs for the Bureau of Land Management. Mapping different soil types and their management potential across Western lands gives Pitcher the opportunity to spend every day outside, often experiencing landscapes few in modern history have seen. Pitcher adds, “OH YEAH! I just recently married a fellow HSU Alumni and Natural Resources graduate!”
Danielle Cudahy (nee LeFever), Biological Sciences , 2005
Submitted: February 10, 2017
Danielle Cudahy (née LeFever), 2005 Biological Sciences, recently became the full-time Optometrist at the local Eureka VA office. In 2010, Cuday graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA. She is expecting her second child in late March.